Apply for The Christmas Program
The 2013 Christmas Program has now exceeded the maximum number of applicants we are able to help by more than 100 children. We are no longer accepting applications.
If you are thinking about donating items, please do so as soon as possible. Boxes leave here Monday, Dec. 9, and we need to get them filled. We are in desperate need of warm outfits in sizes 2 to 18 for boys and sizes 5 to 18 for girls. Also, board games, Barbie doll furniture and playsets, larger Lego sets, development/musical/lighted toys for toddlers and infants, and arts and crafts such as pottery, jewelry making, model cars, etc.
The Christmas program at The Maine Children's Home provides boxes of clothing, toys, books and more to income eligible families for their children who are 12 and under, who live in the state of Maine, and who are willing to pick up a box in either Augusta or Waterville on our distribution day.
2013 Income Guidelines
To qualify for the Christmas Program, your income must be at, or less than, the amount listed here for your family size.
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How to Apply
To apply, families must call our office any time between 9am and 1pm, Monday through Friday, beginning October 28th. Only a parent or guardian of the children receiving gifts is allowed to apply. The dates to apply for 2013 begin October 28 and end December 4 (or when we have reached our limit of 1,600 children). When you call, you must have all information available with you when you make the call or our volunteers will not take your call. You will need to provide:
- Names, sizes for clothing and shoes, and toy interests for all eligible children
- Social Security numbers for all income-earning adult members of the household
- Your yearly gross income
You must also provide photo ID at the time you pick up your box in either Waterville or Augusta and you must be willing to bring information that proves your income such as a copy of last year's tax return.
It is important also to know that we do not allow duplication of services. That means that if you get Christmas assistance from us, you cannot get help anywhere else for Christmas gifts. We do cross reference with other agencies. If you are found to be getting help from more than one organization, you will be dropped from our program.
For more information about the Christmas Program or to apply, please contact us at (207) 872-0261.